Independent Steering Group - Membership
John Miller
Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism of the New York Police Department

John is the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism of the NYPD. He is the former Associate Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analytic Transformation and Technology.


Prior to that, he was an Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he was the bureau's national spokesman. John is also a former ABC News reporter and anchorman, perhaps best known for conducting a May 1998 interview with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
 
John was named a senior correspondent for CBS News on October 17, 2011. In this capacity, he reported for all CBS News platforms and broadcasts, including ‘CBS This Morning’ and occasionally for ‘60 Minutes’.


Michael Downing
Chief Security Officer, Oak View Group/Prevent Advisors - an asset company building, managing and securing sport and music stadiums in North America.

Michael has 35 years' experience, most recently serving as the Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department and Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau where he led five operational divisions: Major Crimes, Emergency Services Divisions, Metropolitan Division, Air Support Division, and Emergency Operations Division.  These divisions include the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigative Section, Organized Crime, Surveillance Section, Hazardous Devices Section, LAX Bomb K-9 Section, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Mounted Unit, Dive Teams, Emergency Preparedness and Response.
 
He has worked with the New Scotland Yard's Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command SO 15.  He has testified before Congressional sub-committees relative to intelligence, homeland security, information sharing, and prison radicalisation.  In April 2010, Michael served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council working group on developing a national strategy for countering violent extremism.

In October 2009, Deputy Chief Downing was appointed as the Interim Police Chief for the Los Angeles Police Department.
 
Michael is an active member of the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) Alumni Association, working with alumni from the FBI’s LinCT Program to develop a global enterprise of networked counter-terrorism practitioners from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  He has also worked with the Department of Justice and State Department, traveling throughout South America, Africa, Turkey, Poland, India, and Kenya to transition large national police organisations into democratic civilian policing models and overlay counter-terrorism enterprises on top of cities.  His work in counter-terrorism has taken him to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Kenya, India, and France; all to examine smart practices and build a network of practitioners.  
 
Michael attended the University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1982 and completed POST Command College in 1997, the FBI’s Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) in 2008, the Post Naval Graduate Executive Program in 2009, and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston (SMIP PERF) in 2012.  He is currently a Board Member at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Institute.
Kathleen O’Toole
Chief of the Seattle Police Department
 
Kathleen is a career police officer and lawyer who has earned an international reputation for her principled and innovative leadership.  She recently concluded her service as Chief of Police in Seattle, Washington where she led the police department through a major reform project that reduced crime and increased community trust.

Prior to serving in Ireland, Kathleen rose through the ranks of local and state policing in Massachusetts, USA.  She began her career as a beat cop in the Boston Police Department and was assigned to numerous patrol, investigative, undercover, supervisory and management positions.  She served as Chief of the Metropolitan District Commission Police, Lieutenant Colonel overseeing Special Operations in the Massachusetts State Police, Massachuestts Secretary of Public Safety and Boston Police Commissioner.

She was also a member of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland (The Patten Commission) and is currently chairing the Commission on the Future of Policing in the Republic of Ireland.

Kathleen earned a BA from Boston College, a JD from New England School of Law, and   is currently completing her PhD at the Business School of Trinity College, Dublin. 

Iain Livingstone QPM
Deputy Chief Constable Police Scotland

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone graduated in law from the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde.  He worked as a solicitor in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London before joining Lothian and Borders Police in 1992.  Iain served in Edinburgh and West Lothian as a patrol officer and detective and at HQ as Head of CID and Assistant Chief Constable Crime.  He has commanded many serious crime investigations and major events.
 
He was appointed Deputy Chief Constable, Crime and Operations, for Police Scotland in 2012.  In this role Iain headed national specialist policing capabilities, such as homicide, organised crime, counter terrorism, public protection, firearms and road policing.
 
Iain has studied in New York as a Fulbright Scholar and undertaken external attachments to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland as a senior investigator and to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.  Working across the justice sector, he currently sits on the Scottish Sentencing Council and was a member of Lord Bonomy's review of corroboration.
 
In May 2016 he was appointed as Designated Deputy to the Chief Constable and is currently in overall Command of Police Scotland

Nick Kaldas
Chief of Investigations for the Joint Investigative Mechanism
 
Nick served as a police officer in New South Wales Police in Sydney Australia for almost 35 years, serving the last eight-and-a-half years as Deputy Commissioner. He spent most of his career in major and organised crime investigations, and counter terrorism and covert operations. He served for over a decade in the Homicide Squad, serving as Commander for four years.
 
He had two ‘sabbaticals’ from the police, serving as Deputy Chief Police Adviser with Coalition Forces in Iraq in 2004, and as Chief of Investigations in the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon, 2009 to 2010, leading the investigation into the assassination of P.M. Hariri, and 21 related murders. Five individuals, senior Hezbollah officials, have been indicted, and a trial, in absentia, is currently afoot.
 
He retired in 2016, and was selected as Chief of Investigations for the United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (UN/OPCW), based in the Hague, investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. He completed that assignment, furnishing a report to the UN Security Council at the end of 2016.


He was then appointed to his current position in November 2016, as Director of the Department of Internal Oversight services for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), based in Amman, Jordan. In that role he oversights four divisions, Investigations, Audit, Evaluation and Ethics Divisions. The oversight responsibility covers the humanitarian operations and activities in UNRWA which serve more than 5 million Palestine refugees, in five fields: Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. He travels extensively in those five fields, to carry out and supervise investigations and other oversight activities.


Baroness Nuala O'Loan

Baroness Nuala O’Loan DBE is a member of the House of Lords, and of the Royal Irish Academy, is Chairman of the Governing Authority of Maynooth University, and of the UK’s Daniel Morgan Independent Panel. 

She has worked on the Spanish peace process, and is a member of an Independent Group monitoring investigation of Loyalist Paramilitaries appointed by the PSNI and the families of victims. She was the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, was Ireland's Special Envoy for Conflict Resolution, is a Solicitor, held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the University of Ulster and served on numerous public bodies.

She has published  on law, policing, faith and other issues, has acted in an advisory capacity on policing and police accountability across the world and has received a number of awards in addition to  honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster, Maynooth University, the Higher Education and Technical Awards Council, Ireland, Queen's University Belfast and the Open University.

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